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15th Annual Stockman's Auction

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Ramkota Convention Center 
Rapid City, South Dakota

Welcome to this select offering. Each year, we work to bring together items that represent a broad range of artistic disciplines. Collector pieces that include the Foundation's Limited Edition Print Series, The Great American Cowboy, are always popular among bidders.

Proceeds from the auction are used to help fund scholarship programs made available to students from the five-state region of North and South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska and who are seeking post-secondary education in agriculturally related career fields.

Advance bids on items listed below are also being taken. If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact me at 605-347-2562 or jjohnson@firstwesternbank.com. See you at the auction!

John Johnson
BHSS Foundation Director, Stockman’s Auction Chairman

*The Black Hills Stock Show Foundation expresses its thanks to those artisans who donate in full or part. We also wish to thank Auctioneer Lynn Weishaar who each year, has donated his time and talent to call the Stockman’s Auction.

Lights and shiny crowns on the beautiful rodeo queens were just an accent on the evening of respect and honor for the elite of the Black Hills area. The 50th anniversary of the Black Hills Stock Show was celebrated during the Stockman’s Banquet and Ball at the Ramkota in Rapid City. Congratulations to Myron Williams, Don Huebner, and Jim Thompson for their well deserved honor. The ballroom at the Ramkota was decorated with lights and wonderful decorations, the band sounded great, the speeches were entertaining, and the scholarship winners were smiling! Terry Taylor, Scholarship chairman, explained our scholarship program while Scott Shoun presented the lucky winners with their certificates. It is a wonderful experience to talk to these intelligent, ambitious young people as they start the next phase of their lives in the learning process. Five young people received the $2000 scholarships. Good luck to all of you!! It is apparent the future of agriculture is in good hands. Click here to see the scholarship winners.

In our endeavor to help as many young people as possible, we host the auction of donated items during the Stockman’s Banquet and Ball. Every item was unique and original. It is truly amazing to receive the items each year and realize how talented people give so freely of their time to help our cause. You can view the items and the descriptions here. A huge thank you goes to all the people donating the items and the buyers of each piece of the works of art. The art work of Mick B. Harrison once again stopped the show with his ‘Great American Cowboy Series’. The picture of five famous bucking horses owned by local rodeo contractors was truly poetry in motion. It went to a group of buyers who will display it at the Civic Center for six months of the year and at Crazy Horse Memorial for six months. What a great tribute to five incredible equine athletes! We raised over $22,000 for our scholarship and grant fund and had a great time doing it! Hats off to all of you!!

Click here for photos from the evening...

15th Annual Stockman’s Auction ~ Scholarship Fundraiser
Wednesday, January 30, 2008  ~  Preview at 5:00 p.m.  Sale at 7:00 p.m.

Ramkota Best Western, Rapid City, SD

*For more information and to place advance bids, please contact BHSS Foundation Director John Johnson at 605-347-5968 or Email: jjohnson@firstwesternbank.com


1. Crossfire Silver of Sturgis, SD has donated an original men’s trophy style western buckle.  It will be a Black Hills Stock Show 50th Anniversary Edition.  The buckle is one of two made by silversmith, Cary Schmidt.  It features silver and gold and will be a beautiful piece.  Cary and his wife, Shawna, have been long time contributors to the auction.  For the man who wants to be a cowboy when he grows up!
Bought by Chase Adams-$550


2. Sweetwater Saddlery starts a new era!  Bruce and Sam are donating a hand-tooled leather breast collar. It will feature full flower carve with a dyed background.  They have donated headstalls for the last ten years and now they bring the 2008 BHSSF Breast Collar to town!  Get ready to saddle up!!
Bought by Warren Windows-$700



3. Shawn Brinkman always stops the show with his original log furniture. This beautiful lamp will fit in any décor. This handmade weathered cedar lamp will light up your home!
Bought by Gilbert Angus Ranch-$600









4. Tony Chytka’s One Horse Studio is donating a bronze statue titled “Double Hocker”. It is number 4 of 20. The bronze features Jake Barnes and Clay O’Bryan Cooper.  A half life size of this same bronze is on display at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, CO. Tony is a world renowned artisan with roots in the South Dakota prairies. If you like team roping and incredible original artwork, bring your wallet. This is the bronze for you!
Bought by Marty Rypkema- $2,300

5. A unique and useful travel bag from Jack and Kelly Gully of Newell, SD will catch your imagination.  It features hair-on leather that displays that true western style.  A shaving kit is included.  K-J Leatherworks always donates leather items that show workmanship at the highest level.
Bought by Dr. Lynn Stadheim-$650


6. For the first time the auction will offer a Buffalo Robe from Mill Iron Bison Company from Hot Springs!  This robe of South Dakota origin will look great on any bed or in any lodge! What a great opportunity to own a South Dakota buffalo robe.
Bought by Brad Estes-$1,600





7. Flat Creek Saddlery from Jackson Hole, Wyoming is donating the 2008 BHSSF commemorative Les Vogt bit.  The silver bit is a true piece of art with engraving you must see.  You can start a collection of art that can be used as tack!
Bought by Joe Van Newkirk-$650


8. Crazy Horse Monument always brings a beautiful item for the auction.  This Chytka bronze is titled “Gray Ghost”.  It features Mr. Ziolkoski and his horse, Warrior.  The Ziolkoski family has been so generous for many years helping our scholarship program succeed!
Bought by Handel Marketing-$850





9. Swan neck buckaroo style spurs made by Ed Lawrence and donated by Mary Rypkema continue our theme of truly unique and original items.  These handmade spurs have tooled leather spur straps and shiny silver overlay.  You will be the only one on the trail ride with these!
Bought by Criss Cozier-$2,400


10. Freeds Fine Furnishings has once again generously donated a piece of Ranch House Furniture. This rugged executive all leather office chair with a dark oak base and adjustable tilt tension will help you relax while doing taxes or cow books!  We thank Ka and Diane Alberts for helping with this project. Sure to be something for every cowboy’s home.
Bought by Milt and Judy Stromer-$750






11. Paula Warren has given of her time and talent to donate a Crown Royal quilt.  It is a one of a kind item.  Her husband, BHSSF director, Dan Warren sacrificed greatly to help obtain all those Crown Royal bags!
Bought by Golden Touch-$1,400


12. Like NASCAR?  Here is your chance to own two Brickyard 400 NASCAR tickets including airfare and lodging.  You can head out to Indianapolis and cheer on the best drivers.  The package is non-refundable.
Bought by RCS Construction-$2,850

13. Once again we will see some pretty lady wearing a Crossfire Silver sterling silver necklace and matching earrings.  Cary and Shawna are donating this beautiful set along with the man’s silver buckle.  Get ready for Valentine’s Day early!
Bought by Gene Patterson-$900

14. Flat Creek Saddlery continues their generous ways by donating a blank silver Les Vogt Bit to be engraved with your choice of letters.  It matches the 2008 commemorative bit but can be personalized just for you!
Bought by Pat Roberts-$700

15. Sutton Rodeos has again donated a signed shirt from all the contestants at the 2008 20X High School Rodeo. These shirts are only available to qualifiers at the 20X so be young again. Also included is the BHSS 2008 Landstrom’s Black Hills Gold pin.
Bought by Chase Adams-$450


16. The 2008 Great American Cowboy Series continues with the 8th painting: “Horse Royal Flush”. Five great bucking horses are featured in this Mick B. Harrison original painting. Big Bud and War Drums from Sutton Rodeos; Blood Brother from Burch Rodeo; Kadafy from Powder River Rodeo; and Slippery from Korkow Rodeo explode from the painting in true western action. Perfect Hanging Gallery of Rapid City, SD once again framed the picture to complete an amazing eight seconds of rodeo history. Included is the Certificate of Authenticity. The Black Hills Stock Show Foundation is proud to present this wonderful series.
Bought by Sutton Rodeos, Crazy Horse Memorial, Rushmore Civic Center, Copenhagen/Skoal-$3,500

17. The #1 print, “Horse Royal Flush” by Mick B. Harrison also includes the Certificate of Authenticity. This print is the first print to be offered at this time. Of course it includes the framing from Perfect Hanging Gallery. Join us for a night of beauty and history!
Bought by Sutton Rodeos-$1,300

* To place advance bids, please contact BHSSF Director and Auction Chairman John Johnson: 605-347-2562



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The Black Hills Stock Show Foundation is a non-profit organization. As part of its mission of "Preserving The Legacy, Investing In The Future,"  the Foundation is dedicated to supporting youth in higher education and organizations, programs and projects that enhance services and education to the public.